In this collection of short stories William Thirsk-Gaskill experiments with conflicted characters and with many diverse points of view. He uses a pared down contemporary style in which each story is articulated using as few words as possible. These stories give a sideways view of an outwardly everyday setting. The collection includes a ghost story, an unserious dystopia, a tale from the point of view of a kitchen knife, and three disparate cases of cyber-deception.
This collection includes “How to be an Alcoholic”, selected by Salt Publishing for their Best British Short Stories 2018.
Something I Need to Tell You follows the innovative Throwing Mother in the Skip which explores the conflict between the practical and emotional.
Tamim Sadikali, in his review of ‘How to be an Alcoholic’, included in both the Best British Short Stories 2018, Ed. Nicholas Royle, and in There is Something I Need to Tell You states:
“My favourite story in the collection (BBSS2018) is William Thirsk-Gaskill’s ‘How To Be An Alcoholic’: loneliness is the key ingredient to the forensic recipe given, and in the piecemeal disintegration of the ensuing subject. It is an unerring, unforgiving and unrelenting piece of fiction – at once beautiful and painful to read.”